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Iowa was officially part of Missouri Territory from 1812-1821. Between 1824 and 1834 it was considered to be unorganized Territory and between 1836 and 1838, it was part of  Wisconsin Territory. In 1838, the area became The Territory of Iowa and finally achieved statehood in 1846. These facts can come into play when searching for ancestors in census records. See 1838-1870 Iowa Census Records at Ancestry.

1847 Sac & Fox Indian Census. These census rolls are special enumerations. These might prove helpful if your ancestor is of Native American heritage or lived with Native Americans. These are available for years 1836-1840 and 1847. See Indian Census Rolls 1885-1940.

The 1836 census of Dubuque and Des Moines Counties is the first census taken after the area became Iowa Territory. See 1836 Iowa Census Records at Ancestry.

Iowa State Census records have survived for 1841, 1844, 1846, 1847, 1849, 1851, 1852, 1853, 1854, 1856, 1859, 1862, 1867, 1869, 1881, 1885, 1889, 1895, 1905, 1915, and 1925 which was the last Iowa State Census taken.  The 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915 and 1925 Iowa state censuses enumerated all counties, however earlier censuses were spotty, incomplete or offered only statistical information.  See 1836-1925 Iowa State Census Records Collection at Ancestry and for more about Iowa State Census Records See Iowa State Census Information.

Soundex code indexes for Federal Iowa census records are available on microfilm for census years: 1880, 1900, and 1920.

Federal Iowa census records begin in 1840 and enumerations were taken ever 10 years thereafter.  Census years available to the public include: 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930. See 1790-1940 US Census Records at Ancestry.

1890 Federal Iowa Census records  including the special Veterans and Widows Census were completely destroyed by a 1921 warehouse fire.  See A Fire Destroyed The 1890 Census, Bridging the 1890 Census Gap,

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Iowa Vital Records

Iowa Dept. of Public Health

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321 E. 12th St., 1st Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075

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Birth, Death and Marriage records at the Iowa Dept. of Public Health begin in 1880.  

Records prior to 1880 must be obtained from County Clerks at the county level.  

Parentage is not listed on death records prior to 1904.  

Prior to 1921, less than 50% of vital events were registered and that percentage decreases the further back in time the event occurred.

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(Territory: 1838.  Statehood: 1846)


Statewide Iowa Census Records Online

1836-1925 Iowa State Census Records Collection at Ancestry

1838-1870 Census of Iowa at Ancestry

1840 Federal Census of Pensioners

1850 Federal Census Index and 1850 Census Images

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Other IA Statewide Genealogy Records Used as Census Substitutes

 1882 Iowa State Gazetteer

 


IA Census Records Online by County

Muscatine County (formed 1836 from Des Moines)

1836 Territorial Census

1840 Federal Census Records with Census Index

1840 Federal Census Index

1840 Federal Census Images

1850 Federal Census Records with Census Index

1856 State Census of Pike Township

1885 State Census of Pike Township

1895 State Census of Nichols

1895 State Census of Pike Township

1900 Federal Census of Muscatine Township

1900 Federal Census of Pike Township

1910 Federal Census - Poor Farm

1925 State Census Index

 

Other Records

1849 Old Settlers Register Volume I

1849 Old Settlers Register Volume II

1856 City Directory

1859 City Directory

1866 City Directory

1869 City Directory

1876 Muscatine County History and Directory

1879 Biographical Index

1884 Haskell's New Indexed Atlas of Muscatine, IA

1889 Biographical Index

1899 Landowners

1911 Biographical Index

1919 Rural Residents

 


O'Brien County (formed 1851 from Cherokee)

1870 Federal Census Index

1880 Federal Census Records Transcription with Census Index

1883 Pensioners on the Roll

1885 Census of Veterans

1895 State Census Records with Census Index

1905 State Census Records with Census Index (partial)

1925 State Census Records with Census Index (partial)

 

Other Records

1884 Sutherland Business Directory

1897 History of O'Brien County Surname Index

1911 Standard Atlas

1913 Sheldon Business Directory

1914 Biographies Index

1940 Who's Who of O'Brien County

 


Osceola County (formed 1851 from Woodbury)

1870 Federal Census Index linked to Census Images

1880 Federal Census Mortality Schedules

1895 State Census of Harrison Township

1900 Federal Census Index linked to Census Images

1900 Federal Census Images

 

Other Records

1884 Gazetteer

1892 Osceola County History Book

1914 County Directory and Plat Map Names Index

Military Records

 


Page County (formed 1847 from Pottawattamie)

1850 Federal Census Index

1850 Federal Census Records Transcription

1850 Federal Census Records Transcription (partial)

1850 Federal Census Images

1851 State Census Index

1851 State Census Records Transcription

1851 State Census Index to Images

1851 State Census Images

1854 State Census Images

1856 State Census Transcription of Buchanan Township

1900 Federal Census Records with Census index

1925 State Census of Colfax Township

1930 Federal Census of County Alms House

 

Other Records

1858-1879 Newspaper Index for Page and Taylor Counties

1875 Atlas Patron's List

1886 List of Iowa  Veterans - Surnames A-J

1886 List of Iowa  Veterans - Surnames K-Y

1902 Page County Atlas

Military Records

 


Palo Alto County (formed 1858 from Kossuth)

1860 Federal Census Index

1860 Federal Census Records Transcription

1870 Federal Census Index and Census Transcription

1870 Federal Census Index

1870 Federal Census of Emmetsburg

1870 Federal Census of Great Oak

1870 Federal Census of West Bend

1880 Federal Census Records with Census Index

1880 Federal Census Index ED 165-169

1880 Federal Census ED 165-169

1885 State Census

1891 Emmetsburg Town Census

1895 State Census

1900 Federal Census Records with Census Index (partial)

1900 Federal Census Index of Ellington and Nevada

1900 Federal Census Records Transcription (partial)

1900 Federal Census Records Transcription (partial)

1910 Federal Census Records of Emmetsburg

1910 Federal Census Records of Emmetsburg continued

1910 Federal Census Records of Emmetsburg - Ward 2

1910 Federal Census Records of Emmetsburg - Ward 2 continued

1910 Federal Census Records of Walnut Township - Part 1

1910 Federal Census Records of Walnut Township - Part 2

1920 Federal Census Index for Emmetsburg, Ward 3

1920 Federal Census of Emmetsburg, Ward 3 - Pages 231A-233B

1920 Federal Census of Emmetsburg, Ward 3 - Pages 234A-238A

1930 Federal Census Records with Census Index

 

Other Records

Early Settlers

1873 Militia Register

1875-1939 Business Directories

1892 Farmers Directory

1922-23 Polk's Business Gazetteer and Directory

 


Plymouth County (formed 1851 from Woodbury)

1860 Federal Census Records Transcription (partial)

1885 State Census Records Transcription of Elkhorn

1885 State Census Records Transcription of Union Township

1895 State Census of Elgin Township

1900 Federal Census Records for Elgin Township

 

Other Records

1871-1879 Birth Records

1906 & 1907 Farmers & Business Atlas

1940 Who's Who

Military Records

Pioneer Days in Plymouth County

 

 

 

 

 

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